The developments we currently refer to as digital transformation will have aprofound effect, and not just on businesses and the economy. We are at the dawn of a societal revolution. The composition of our society, based on the delicate balance between labor and capital, will be severely disrupted. Human labor will be replaced as a result of several technologies and their applications. Full employment will no longer be a realistic target, and that affects the entire foundation of our lives. On the positive side, people will not primarily be human resources in the economic system, but can be human again. There is, however, a major challenge. We will have to develop a new society in a period of insecurity and turbulence. Newly raised questions demand fresh answers. What will the new role of the – much smaller – government be, what responsibilities will we attribute to businesses and citizens, and how will we educate new generations? And last but not least: how do we prepare our future leaders for a society that has to be completely reorganized?
Bob de Wit held his inaugural lecture about this topic at Nyenrode Business University. Read his inaugural booklet or watch the video.
In the interview with Intermediair magazine and in the podcast with BNR he elaborates on his view.